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隋 青銅鎏金觀音菩薩像
Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)

Sui dynasty (581–618)
late 6th century
Gilt bronze; piece-mold cast
H. 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm); W. 5 in. (12.7 cm); D. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
This sculpture is one of the earliest known examples of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara holding a willow branch. The willow, which later becomes standard in the imagery of Avalokiteshvara, is associated with healing.
Tokyo National Museum. "Special Exhibition: Gilt Bronze Buddhist Statues - China, Korea, Japan," March 10, 1987–April 19, 1987.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Wei, Jin, Southern and Northern Dynasties," 2005.

Seoul. National Museum of Korea. "Masterpieces of Early Buddhist Sculpture," September 24, 2015–November 15, 2015.

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